Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Celebrations

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the summer is filled with red, white & blue.
These little IKEA cushions are a bit small for these big Adirondack chairs, but so easy to throw in the wash!
...a few more cushions in blue flank these chairs!
I found these skimmer hats last year at Target...cute for photo ops!
I love quilts!  My sister gave me the (Pottery Barn) red and white quilt for my 40th birthday.  The flag pillow came from Target a few years ago, and the square pillow came from Kohl's.
Homegoods...I love pillows, too.  You can change a space with pillows and blankets and make it feel cozy and new.
This little vintage-looking string of lights gives off just enough light in the evening.  (It is on clearance at Kohl's now!)
So...I am not real proud of the acquisition of these vintage beach chairs...twenty plus years ago...old boyfriend...lifeguard...you get the picture.  He said they were being thrown away.  I gave them to my parents and hadn't seen them in years, until my dad recently came across them and asked me if I wanted them.  Ummmm...YES!  Ballard Designs has similar ones on sale.
  The little cobalt pot was my mom's 'potty' when she was little.  Now, it holds pretty flowers!
There is just something about the bright yellow Black-Eyed Susan's that look so sharp against the red, white & blue!
The little vintage linen table cloth seems to tie it all together.
With so much family in town and the occasional BBQ or celebration with friends, we are never lacking in moments to entertain!  My husband organizes the life jackets (we call 'boat coats!') on a rope for all ages to easily find their size!
I set out a bucket of sunscreen and some bug spray for our guests...necessities around here!

I hope you are enjoying your summer celebrations!

Thanks for stopping by!

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17 comments :

It's me said...

Love........xxx..

Pamela Gordon said...

I love your patio, yard and view! Your decor on the furniture etc. is sweet. Love the paper globe minilight swag! Very summery. Have a great week! Blessings, Pamela

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Christie,

Wow!! Looks like your summer is shaping up to be very festive indeed. What a beautiful porch to sit a spell and catch your breath!!
Love the boat coat idea!!

All the Best,
Christine

Heaven's Walk said...

Happy Summer, Christie! Your home is just amazingly beautiful - not to mention the view from your patio! Wow. I adore the way you styled it all with the red/white/blue! Wonderful job! :)

xoxo laurie

chris zima said...

It looks so pretty and festive and patriotic :)

Anonymous said...

Outdoor summer perfection....I keep our array of sunscreens in a basket...so handy...someone always forgets to bring their sunscreen.....I love your dishes......where did you find them?

Andrea
AndeM1@hotmail.com

Rebecca@This Present Life said...

I just want to sit on your porch and look out at the lake all day. It seems so peaceful! And so inviting with all of your accessories!

Deanne said...

Your patriotic decorating looks great!
BTW I love those bowls and plates with the flowers- so cute!

janet said...

Your porch is beautiful..I love the old lifeguard chairs..
Janet

Ms. Bake-it said...

Love how you have your home decorated for the summer! It looks like a fabulous place for fun and relaxation.

~ Tracy

Pattie said...

Your home is beautiful... looks like you are having a great summer

Pattie

m e g a n said...

I love black eyed susans! i use to pick them when I was little. Love how cozy your home looks!

Meg

Angela said...

Very charming. Cute ideas. Love it all!

Kelsey said...

I love the flower bowl. I have the nesting bowls and love them! FAntastic job!

Life-n-Reflection said...

What a beautiful lake house!

Jess the balanced libra said...

How come I wasn't born there!??? beautiful! I am so jealous!

Mandy said...

Hi Christie!

Thought you might like to know what your french "grain sack" throw pillow says that you have sitting on one of your Adirondak chairs?

"Pour que l'evenement le plus banal devienne une aventure, il faut et il suffit qu'on se mette a le raconter."

It is a cute saying and although this isn't the exact translation it is close and I think you will get the idea :) Here goes:

"So that the most mundane event can become an adventure, one only needs to start telling someone about it."

So appropriate for us bloggers don't you think?

Take care,
Mandy

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